Adult Courses

 

The courses listed below start in September. To request a course guide when it is available please, or to make enquiries about starting a course, email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk (provide your postal address and ask for ‘Adult Course Guide 2019-2020’)

Course Starts:   Monday 16 September      

Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                           

Fee   £100

Course dates
September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14
October 21 no class (college half term)
October 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

Digital technology has changed the way our cameras work, enabling photographers to use a wide range of techniques to produce high quality, innovative digital images.  This course will develop your basic knowledge of your camera by encouraging you to explore composition, lighting, formats, presentation and different photographic styles.  You will explore your own photographic interests, eg nature, family portraits, and will be supported to develop skills appropriate to your preferences.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will include topics from the following:

  • Composition, lighting and angles
  • File formats (JPEG, TIFF and RAW), WeTransfer and print/screen colour profile settings
  • DSLR manual camera techniques – depth of field, long exposures and panning using aperture and shutter speed dials
  • Studio portrait lighting patterns
  • Lenses – auto and manual focusing
  • Photomontage and HDR imagery
  • White balance and metering modes
  • Presentation skills – web and print
  • Ethics and legalities of photography

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners who are already familiar with the basic working of their digital camera, either having completed an introductory course or having gained some skills own their own.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You must have your own digital camera, ideally DSLR, with manual as well as automatic settings.  You must have a lead or card reader for transferring images to the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store/back up your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer for two specific techniques, you must have basic IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on the desktop, save images and use menus.  Some knowledge of Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See the skills checklist.

Your tutor will use each class to introduce a new technique.  As the classes are only 2 hours long, to get the most out of the course you will need to practice new skills at home between the college sessions.

You will be given feedback on your work during your sessions but your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

Skills checklist for Creative Photography course

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a lead or a card reader, to link to a pc?

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest. However, you will be presented with a certificate at the end of the course to evidence completion of techniques.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.

Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 10 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is now Director of Cherished Memories Photography (www.cherishedmemoriesphotography.co.uk) Amy is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade“ when using photographic technologies and to pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 17 September     

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                       

Fee:  £100

Course dates     September   17, 24

October        1

October        8 no class     (main college open evening)

October        15

October        22 no class   (college half term)

October        29

November    5, 12, 19, 26

December     3

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This is a chance to find and develop your own writing voice.  Perhaps you want to begin a blog, practice your poetry skills or write that bestseller.  Maybe you just want to develop a new, highly creative skill.  Or do you just want to have fun with words and make some new friends with similar interests?

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will cover a range of writing techniques, including poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction writing.  You will have time to practice writing skills you already have and to experiment with different styles and forms in a safe, reassuring environment which will help your confidence as a writer to grow.  You will quickly discover what kinds of writing suit you best and find your ‘voice’.  If you have already started on your writing journey, you will be supported to develop and strengthen your skills.

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in learning to writing creatively (or wanting to practice alongside like-minded people).  It is ideal for both new writers and anyone who has already “had a go” as your tutor will tailor the tasks for your level of experience.

  • Anyone who has always had an interest in writing but hasn’t had the confidence to do anything about it.
  • Anyone who fancies trying something different, challenging and imaginative.
  • Anyone who has does some writing and would like a group of writers to share ideas with.
  • Anyone who has a potential bestselling novel in them and isn’t quite sure how to bring it out!
  • A potential blogger, journalist or poet.
  • Anyone who wants to know how to get their work published or is interested in entering writing competitions.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  The course will cover basic writing techniques in a number of different styles.  You will get the opportunity to focus on what you are interested in and be able to share your writing with others in a safe space.  Your writing, and your confidence as a writer, will improve as a result.

Who will teach you?

Karen Kendrick.

Karen is a qualified English teacher whose true passion is writing.  She has always loved writing and in 2014, after spending a few years looking after her children, decided to follow her dream and undertake an MA in Creative Writing (Experiment & Innovation).

Since then she has had several short stories published by Bridge House publishing, has written a novel and has a writing blog.

Karen is passionate not only about her own writing but also about helping fellow writers to achieve their own dreams.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 10 September 2019

Time:                 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:                   Approx £400 + exam fees.

Concessions are available for some students, please enquire.

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This GCSE (Level 2) course covers many aspects of biology. It is an intensive one-year course for mature students who require a qualification for career development or who have an interest in the sciences.

 

Are there any entry requirements?

Yes.  To be enrolled onto this course you should have gained a grade C in maths at GCSE or a level 2 Functional Skills maths qualification.  If you do not already have either of these qualifications you should be working towards one of them.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Topics 1–4: Cell biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Ecology

You will also carry out practical work, and will keep a record book of 12 required practical tasks.  You may be examined on any of this practical work as part of the written papers.

 

Who will this course suit?

It is particularly useful for future nurses and primary school teachers who do not already possess a level 2 qualification in Science.  All adult learners (16+) with an appropriate maths qualification are eligible to take the course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

Yes.  The course leads to the AQA GCSE Biology (8461).  Details of the specification are to be found on the AQA website: aqa.org.uk

The new GCSE grade system will apply ie grades 1-9, with 9 being the highest level of achievement.

Most adult learners study for the Foundation tier.  The course content includes material for both Foundation and Higher tier.  Your tutor will assess your work and recommend the appropriate level for you to enter.  At Foundation level the grades achievable are 1-5.  At Higher level the highest grade awarded is 9.

 

How will the course be assessed?

There are two examinations, which must be taken in the daytime at College. Provisional dates are Tuesday 12 May 2020 (paper 1) and Monday 1 June 2020 (paper 2).  Your tutor will advise you of dates as soon as these are confirmed, as you may need to book time off work.

Examination component Time Contribution to the final mark

Biology 1: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

Biology 2: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

 

Course Starts:  Tuesday 10 September 2019

Time:  6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:  Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE.

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

English is a qualification requested and highly regarded by many employers.  It is very important for those wishing to go on to study higher-level courses at college and university.  Priestley College offers the AQA 8700 GCSE qualification, which will strengthen your reading, writing and oral communication skills and enhance your CV.  The course provides the opportunity to study writing techniques and use these to help you develop your own ability to write with clarity and imagination.  You will also take part in speaking and listening activities to develop both your presentation and discussion skills.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D (or Level 3 new grades) in GCSE English or a Level 2 in Functional Skills English.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you must complete a pre course initial assessment. You can download this from our website www.priestley.ac.uk/ (see the Adult Courses section).  Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to request the assessment task.

The assessment must be hand-written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Friday 23 August 2019. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

Development of the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods.

Develop the skills needed to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

Develop the skills needed to prepare and deliver a short presentation, on which you will be asked questions.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their reading, writing and oral communication skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  You should be prepared to work independently at home between classes.  This will include reading a variety of texts, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

100% exam assessed.

There will be two 1hr 45 minute exams assessing writing and reading.  Each exam makes up 50% of the final grade.

These exams will take place at Priestley College during the day.  Provisional dates are Tuesday 02 June (paper 1) and Friday 05 June (paper 2), to be confirmed by the exam board.

You will also be assessed on your spoken language.  This will also take place in college but will probably be in place of one of your timetabled classes.  You will prepare a 5 minute presentation and then answer questions from the class or teacher on that topic.  You will be awarded a grade of pass, merit, distinction or fail.

Course Starts:   Monday 16 September 2019 tbc

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:  Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

GCSE Mathematics is still one of the most recognisable and desirable qualifications enabling access to higher education and for career progression.  The course will also benefit any learner who would like to refresh their skills in mathematics.

It is a 30 week course of 2.5 hours per week, but learners must be prepared to spend at least another 2 hours weekly on further study.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D/3 in GCSE Maths or a Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you will need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Monday 2 September.  Assessment will take about 1 ½ hours.  Please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book an assessment.

 

COSTS:

This course is free for anyone who does not already have maths GCSE grade C/3.

You will be required to have a calculator and some mathematical instruments, which will normally cost less than £10. Text books are optional but suggested books will be detailed in the first session.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course is split into four sections:

  • Number, which includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages.
  • Statistics and Probability, which includes collection, organisation and presentation of data and the probability of events happening or not happening.
  • Algebra, which includes graphs and the use of algebra in equations and formulae.
  • Shape and Space, which includes perimeter, area and volume, angle properties and properties of shapes.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is for learners who narrowly failed GCSE Mathematics at their last attempt or who have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.

This is an intensive course and you must be able to commit to attending every week as well as doing work at home.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS AWARDED?

The final qualification is a GCSE in Mathematics awarded by Edexcel, specification 1MA1.  We follow the Foundation syllabus, which means the highest grade achievable is a 5.  (See below for explanation of grading system.)

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

There are 3 exam papers:  One is a non-calculator paper and two calculator papers which assess all of the topics we study. Each paper is a 1 hour 30 minutes exam.

Marks from the 3 papers are combined to give the final grade.

Please note that the three final exams take place during the day at Priestley College in May and June.  Provisional dates are 19 May, 4 June and 8 June.  If you are unable to attend on an exam date you should not enrol.

 

New Specification

GCSE Maths grades are now awarded as numbers (1-9) rather than letters (G-A*).

Course Starts:   Monday 23 September      

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  4 weeks                             

Fee   £40

Course dates    

September 23, 30

October 7, 14

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

This course will help you to get to know your digital camera so that you feel confident in using it and can start to take great photographs.  You will learn about how a camera works and what can be achieved using the automatic functions.  You will then move on to the manual settings, which will allow you to start becoming more creative.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will include:

  • The parts of a camera
  • How to set up a camera
  • Importing all of your images
  • Automatic functions on your camera
  • Manual camera settings
  • Aperture
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Video function

 

Who will this course suit?

This is a beginner’s digital photography skills course that will suit anyone that has an interest in photography and wants to know more.  You might have used an analogue camera in the past but not had the confidence to move over to digital.  Maybe you have a digital camera but would like to know more about all the settings.  This short course will give you the basic skills to use your camera properly.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course so the aim is for you to enjoy learning about how to use your camera.  However we do offer a few other courses which will allow you to further develop your skills:

“Camera, lights, action”

An introduction to using your action camera to produce videos

Creative Photography

Build on your basic knowledge of the digital camera to find your own style

Photoshop for Beginners

Enhance your digital images to maximise their impact

These courses are detailed on the website.

 

Who will teach you?

Hannah Callaghan. Hannah has a BA (Hons) in American Studies and Screen Studies from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and has worked in television and film in the UK and in NYC.

She currently runs her own small production company, GOSH! Productions, which has had films showcased at the Raindance Film Festival, Cannes and BAFTA. Hannah also films weddings through www.goshweddings.co.uk

Hannah has taught Film and Media for the past seven years.  She gained her teaching qualification from the University of Chester where she is currently studying for an MRes in Arts and Media.  Her research has so far led her to projects on the lack of female screenwriters in the UK, and film genre, focusing on the western.  She is also interested in media convergence and the evolution of the film industry through platforms such as Netflix.

Course Starts:   Monday 16 September      

Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          

Fee   £100

Course dates

September   16, 23, 30

October        7, 14

October        21 no class   (college half term)

October        28

November    4, 11, 18, 25

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This is an opportunity to experience the enormous self-satisfaction of beginning to speak a foreign language. Whether it is purely a hobby at home or a goal to be able to communicate with the locals whilst on holiday, there is nothing like the feeling of saying your first spontaneous sentences in Spanish!

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will begin by learning basic greetings and phrases, the Spanish alphabet and some numbers.  You will learn to talk about topics such as your family and hobbies.  You will also be able to find your way to places in town and to purchase items in shops.  Ordering food and drink in restaurants will be covered as well as visiting the doctor!  And, of course, you will find yourself being able to comment on the weather – a must in any language!

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in learning to start to speak Spanish.

  • Anyone who has always wanted to speak another language but who has never quite had the confidence to try!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone interested in starting a new hobby.
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an introduction to Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to become increasingly confident pronouncing, speaking and understanding Spanish. You will build up your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and the aim is to increase your ability to create extended sentences in Spanish as the course progresses.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as appropriate for you.

Courses start: week commencing Monday 16 September

Time: Various times throughout the week

Venue: These courses run at various venues around Warrington

Course length:  up to 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.  The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.

Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The qualifications have been developed in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

Functional English is offered at 5 levels:

Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 which lead on to:

Level 1 which is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades), then

Level 2 which is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you, based on an initial assessment.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  The course you enrol for will depend on what skills you already have.  Please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk) to discuss.  We can ring you back for a chat, to find out which course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The qualification is divided into 3 units.  You need to achieve all 3 units which combine to form the full award.

The units are:

  • Speaking and listening.

This will include discussion and presentation skills

  • Reading
  • Writing

The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical to stimulate and motivate you in your work. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or even to “keep up with the children” at school.  We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  We can refer you to ESOL providers.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will include an “initial assessment”, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.  These are paper-based and take place in your usual class time.  In some circumstances it might be necessary for you to take your exams at a different centre but if this is the case your tutor will let you know in advance so that you can make arrangements.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions as appropriate throughout the year.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor during designated sessions, where you will be expected to take part in discussions.  At level 2 you will also be assessed on a presentation to your class.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 and/or Level 2

 Course Starts: Tuesday 10 September 2019

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.  The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.

Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The qualifications have developed in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

Functional English in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you based on an initial assessment.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills English, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not have this qualification please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk ) to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete our pre-course assessment.  (This can be downloaded from our college website, via the Adult Courses button, or we can post it to you.)  Pre-course assessments should be completed and returned to Anne McGrath at Priestley College before Friday 23 August.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The qualification is divided into 3 units, which can be claimed individually but do not entitle you to certificates.  You need to achieve all 3 units before you can receive the full award.

The units are:

  • Speaking and listening.

This will include discussion and presentation skills

  • Reading
  • Writing

The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or to “keep up with the children” at school.  We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  We can refer you to local ESOL providers. It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will include an “initial assessment”, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.  These are paper-based and take place in your usual class time.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions as appropriate throughout the year.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor during designated classes, where you will be expected to take part in discussions.  At level 2 you will also be assessed on a presentation to your class.  Exam requirements are that the speaking and listening assessments are recorded on video.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Leading to Certificate in Functional Maths at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as appropriate for you.

 Courses start: Week commencing Monday 16 September

Time: Various times throughout the week

Venue: These courses run at various venues around Warrington

Course length:  up to 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional Skills maths course is designed to help you to update your skills, fill a gap on your CV if you missed out on a GCSE qualification, to give you the confidence to support your child at school or just prove that you can do maths.

Functional Skills Maths is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The classes are run by highly experienced adult tutors who are trained to motivate and support you through this subject, which some adults can find a little daunting.

Functional Maths in the daytime is offered at 5 different levels, so you can join a course suitable for your needs.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  The course you enrol for will depend on what skills you already have.  Please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk.)  We can ring you back for a chat, to find out which course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills:

Fractions, percentages, decimals

To develop your number skills you will practice doing calculations without a calculator.  As you become confident with paper-based methods you will use a calculator to check answers and eventually to carry out more difficult calculations.

  • Measurement , shape and space:

Metric and imperial measurements

Perimeter, area and volume

  • Handling data:

Graphs, charts and tables

Averages

Angles and bearings

These skills are all applied to solve problems in practical, everyday scenarios.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

You must have a desire and an ambition to gain a maths qualification.  You will need to be committed to your own learning.  We expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider, or you are on an apprenticeship.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will include an initial assessment which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

Formal Functional Skills Maths assessments (exams) consist of 2 papers.  A short non-calculator paper will test your number skills.  This will be followed by a longer calculator paper which will test your ability to solve problems.

Entry Level assessments are taken in class, whenever your tutor agrees that you are ready for them.

Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Maths non-calculator papers are 25 minutes long while the problem-solving papers last 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions for your class as appropriate.  Tests are usually taken in your regular class time and place but it may be necessary for you to attend a different centre or the main college campus.  Your tutor will give you plenty of notice so that you can make arrangements.

 

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Leading to Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 and/or Level 2

Course Starts:  Monday 9 September 2019

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  approx. 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional Skills maths course is designed to help you to update your skills, fill a gap on your CV if you missed out on a GCSE qualification, to give you the confidence to support your child at school or just prove that you can do maths.

Functional Skills Maths is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The classes are run by highly experienced adult tutors who are trained to motivate and support you through this subject, which some adults can find a little daunting.

Functional Maths in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills Maths, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not meet these requirements please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk) as you may need to complete a pre-course assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Monday 2 September but you should ring to discuss and book.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills:

Fractions, percentages, decimals

To develop your number skills you will practice doing calculations without a calculator.  As you become confident with paper-based methods you will use a calculator to check answers and eventually to carry out more difficult calculations.

  • Measurement , shape and space:

Metric and imperial measurements

Perimeter, area and volume

Angles and bearings

  • Handling data:

Graphs, charts and tables

Averages

These skills are all applied to solve problems in practical, everyday scenarios.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

You must have a desire and an ambition to gain a maths qualification.  You will need to be committed to your own learning.  We expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider, or you are on an apprenticeship.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session (initial assessment) which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

Formal Functional Skills Maths assessments (exams) consist of 2 papers.  A short non-calculator paper (25 mins) will test your number skills.  This will be followed by a longer calculator paper (1 hour 30 mins) which will test your ability to solve problems.

Your tutor will arrange test sessions for your class as appropriate.  Tests are usually taken in your regular class time and place.  Your tutor will give you plenty of notice so that you can make arrangements.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Course Starts:   Monday 16 September      

Time:  6:30 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                           

Fee:  £100

Course dates    

September   16, 23, 30

October        7, 14

October        21 no class   (college half term)

October        28

November    4, 11, 18, 25

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Psychology is fascinating. It is woven into every aspect of our lives; it can be seen in everything we do and behind everything we think. Gaining a basic understanding of psychology and how our minds work can be incredibly helpful. It can help us better understand our actions and the decisions we make, help to explain why we have particular thoughts and feelings and can give us an insight into why people behave in the way they do.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course content is very flexible and will be decided in week one based on the topics that are of most interest to the people who enrol. However, typical topics include:

  • How we learn and how this can explain why we develop helpful and not-so-helpful habits and behaviours
  • How our personality forms and the tricks we use to hide our real feelings
  • How our thoughts affect our emotions and behaviour
  • Why we have such fixed ideas about things and how to change our thoughts to improve our lives
  • How much our biology controls our behaviour
  • What are the differences between what is classed as normal and abnormal behaviour
  • Why we obey and follow the crowd and why we sometimes don’t help when we know we should

 

Who will this course suit?

Anyone who is interested in people and wants to understand why people behave in the way they do. Anyone who wants to better understand themselves, the way their minds work and the reasons behind their thoughts and behaviours. No previous knowledge is required.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. It is just for general interest and fun! This is an introductory course and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to gain an understanding of some of the basic concepts in psychology and provide individuals with a better understanding of their own and other people’s minds and behaviour.

 

Who will teach you?

Jude Leng. Jude is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher; she believes everyone has the ability to learn and enjoys coming up with innovative and interesting ways to make psychological concepts accessible to all, regardless of previous knowledge or experience. She has taught Psychology to adults and young people for more than fifteen years, has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Criminology, a diploma in counselling and currently works for a mental health company.

Course Starts:   Monday 28 October           

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  5 weeks                             

Fee   £50

Course dates

October        28

November    4, 11, 18, 25

 

Why take this course?

“Home videos” have moved on!  This is a short course designed to give you the basic skills you need to start producing your own videos (think vlog, youtube, holiday films….).  This course will help you to understand and operate your action camera, camcorder or DSLR so that you can get the best results from it.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will include:

  • The parts of a camera
  • How to set up a camera
  • Importing all of your videos
  • Camera functions – iris, gain, zoom, focus, white balance
  • Framing a shot & shot types
  • Basic editing
  • Setting up a Youtube Channel

 

Who will this course suit?

This is a beginner’s video camera skills course that will suit anyone that has an interest in videography and wants to know more. If you have an action camera, camcorder or DSLR but feel that you need some guidance on how to film great videos, this course will give you the basic skills to use your camera properly.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course so the aim is for you to enjoy learning about how to use your camera to produce videos.  However, the tutor is able to deliver a more advanced Video Editing course to follow on from this short course, and the college does offer other photography courses which might appeal to you.

 

Who will teach you?

Hannah Callaghan. Hannah has a BA (Hons) in American Studies and Screen Studies from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and has worked in television and film in the UK and in NYC.

She currently runs her own small production company, GOSH! Productions, which has had films showcased at the Raindance Film Festival, Cannes and BAFTA. Hannah also films weddings through www.goshweddings.co.uk

Hannah has taught Film and Media for the past seven years.  She gained her teaching qualification from the University of Chester where she is currently studying for an MRes in Arts and Media.  Her research has so far led her to projects on the lack of female screenwriters in the UK and film genre, focusing on the western.  She is also interested in media convergence and the evolution of the film industry through platforms such as Netflix.

Course Starts:   Tuesday September 17     

Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                           

Fee:   £100

Course dates    

September   17, 24

October        1

October        8 no class     (main college open evening)

October        15

October        22 no class   (college half term)

October        29

November    5, 12, 19, 26

December     3

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

If you are interested in a more advanced Photoshop course please let us know.

 

Why take this course?

Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design.  This Digital and Manipulation course will introduce you to a broad range of techniques using the latest software on PC platforms.  The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various tools such as filters, layer masks and cloning tools to create high standard imagery.  You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio on completion of the course.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Course content will include:

  • Understanding of the computer use and Photoshop overview
  • Photoshop basics such as dodge, burn, sponge and adjustment tools
  • Introduction to ‘layers’ and ‘layer masks’
  • Multiple exposures using layers and blending modes
  • Design a ‘DADA’ style montage billboard design using your own photographs, brushes and text
  • Sharpening, smoothing and removing blemishes on a portrait using layer masks and clone/patch/spot healing brush tools
  • Straightening and whitening teeth using adjustment layers, brushes, cloning tool and transformations
  • Understanding of image output (size and print) – portfolio development

If you have any of your own personal learning objectives your tutor will try to accommodate these topics where possible.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners who are first-time users of Photoshop and those who already have a little experience.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on a PC desktop, save images and use menus.  Some understanding of how to use Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See the checklist.

Your tutor will use each class to introduce a new technique.  As the classes are only 2 hours long, to get the most out of the course you will need to practice new skills at home between the college sessions.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

Skills checklist for Digital Manipulation (Photoshop) course – beginners to intermediates

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  There are no formal assessments but your tutor will review progress and provide individual feedback throughout the course.  We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations.

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.

Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 10 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is now Director of Cherished Memories Photography (www.cherishedmemoriesphotography.co.uk) Amy is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade“ when using photographic technologies and to pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 17 September     

Time:  7:00 9:00 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                           

Fee:  £100

Course dates    

September   17, 24

October        1

October        8 no class     (main college open evening)

October        15

October        22 no class   (college half term)

October        29

November    5, 12, 19, 26

December     3

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Did you know that…..

  • The Russian language is spoken by more than 260 million people around the world?

It is not only the state language of Russia, but is also widely used in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, the Balkans, Ukraine, Armenia and the USA.

Russia is the 8th most used spoken language in the world, and one of the six official and working languages of the United Nations.

  • A large part of Russian culture can be discovered through its literature, music, ballet and cinema art?

Alexandr Pushkin and Lev Tolstoy, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Serge Diaghilev, Rudolf Nureyev and Maya Plisetskaya… you have a chance to learn more about the Russian contribution to the world’s cultural treasures, by these geniuses and many other people.

If you’ve dreamed of visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg, imagined yourself crossing Red Square or walking through the Winter Palace, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start learning the language.  No prior knowledge of Russian is required, all beginners are welcome.

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What are the key topics we will cover?

By the end of this course, your tutor hopes that:

  • You will be able to communicate in basic everyday situations including
  • Greetings
  • Daily routine
  • Finding your way
  • Telling the time
  • Making simple purchases
  • Ordering a meal
  • You will be able to understand very simple oral and written texts.
  • You will have gained an insight into Russian-speaking life, culture and society.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who would like to an introduction to this beautiful language and the Russian culture.  No previous experience is needed and all students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with.

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

Who will teach you?

Iryna Bogdanova-Spittle.  Iryna is a native Russian-speaking tutor.  She has a passion for languages and culture (especially Russian!).  Iryna holds a BA degree, and is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher.  She believes that high-quality teaching and learning must be interesting, engaging and above all enjoyable for students and tutors alike.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 17 September     

Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                           

Fee:  £100

Course dates    

September 17, 24

October      1

October      8 no class   (main college open evening)

October      15

October      22 no class (college half term)

October      29

November  5, 12, 19, 26

December   3

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will consolidate your current knowledge of the Spanish language and will go on to increase your Spanish vocabulary and ability to manipulate the tenses.  It is ideal if you have already completed our previous Spanish courses 1, 2 and 3.  (If you have completed course 2, or studied elsewhere, our tutor can advise whether you are ready for this level.)

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will revise vocabulary and grammar from the previous courses before starting to build on what you already know. The Present, Past and Future Tenses will be revisited and your ability to manipulate them will be developed. You will be introduced to radical changing verbs and even some basic Subjunctive phrases! You will revisit the topics of “Me, My Family and Friends”, “Free-time Activities” and “Where you live” whilst covering them in far greater depth.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in continuing to improve their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who is interested in continuing to master Spanish grammar and simply wants to keep learning!
  • Anyone who is definitely not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Anyone who is interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth.

If you are new to our college and want to check whether this step 4 course is for you, please enquire. It may be possible to do the course if you have recently completed course 2 with the tutor Vikki (“Feel more confident in Spanish”).  We will forward enquiries to her and she will advise which course is appropriate for you.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course in Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of this course is to become increasingly confident whilst speaking Spanish and to obtain a greater understanding of how the Spanish language works.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Pre-course assessments 2019 / 2020

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

GCSE English

You must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.

GCSE English Assessment

GCSE Maths

You must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2.  If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

GCSE Biology

You must already have a Maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

Functional Maths and English

For Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

National Careers Service

Click on the link below to find information and contact details of local and national organisations that can help you to make thoughtful and well-informed choices about your next steps in education, training or employment.

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Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

Welcome to adult courses + term dates

Adult Learners’ Handbook

Fees Policy for 2019-20

The 2014 to 2020 ESF programme